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33 Great Songs of 2017

Cuts from LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z, and more
Source: Katie Martin / Emily Jane / The Atlantic

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Here’s a wildly incomplete and personal list of pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic songs I became fascinated by this year, ordered only alphabetically. A Spotify playlist of the songs is here, and my best albums of 2017 are here.


“8 Ball,” Waxahatchee

Close in the ear, strumming with unnerving precision, Katie Crutchfield plots her escape from some suffocating relationship: “I’ll breathe / I don’t care who sees.”


“Awful Things,” Lil Peep ft. Lil Tracy

Childlike melodies, serrated punk wailing, and tense trap production could all still make for

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